20 Oct 2014

World Osteoporosis Day: Having too much fluoride could increases your risk of fractures

October 20 is World Osteoporosis Day.
Flouride leads to bone fracturesFluoride that was used as an efficient chemical to treat osteoporosis for many years is known to increase risk of bone fractures on excessive intake. This mineral till date was known to increase bone mass but several studies have however revealed a deadly side-effect thatit increases the chances of bone fractures, especially of the hips. ‘Fluoride has been used in the past on many an occasion and is possibly one of the oldest drugs available for managing osteoporosis,’ Gurinder Bedi, senior consultant, department of orthopedics, spine surgery and joint replacement, Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, told IANS.
‘Its use would actually produce dramatic effects in changing the radiographic appearance of bones making them appear much denser, quicker than any of the other agents. The actual bone mass seemed to increase but it did not promote any mineralisation (depositing of calcium) resulting in poor bone quality and hence chances of fractures are high,’ he said. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone due to loss in peak bone mass and calcium, leading to hip, knee and shoulder fractures.
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, the number of patients in India in 2003 was approximately 26 million, with the numbers projected to increase to 36 million by 2013. Another expert, Vivek Logani, said: ‘It is widely recognised that fluoride therapy for osteoporosis adds mass to bones but produces inferior bones. In short, the bio-mechanical competence of the skeleton may be compromised because the tensile (elasticity) strength of bone is sacrificed.’...............

World Osteoporosis Day: Having too much fluoride could increases your risk of fractures

October 20 is World Osteoporosis Day.
Flouride leads to bone fracturesFluoride that was used as an efficient chemical to treat osteoporosis for many years is known to increase risk of bone fractures on excessive intake. This mineral till date was known to increase bone mass but several studies have however revealed a deadly side-effect thatit increases the chances of bone fractures, especially of the hips. ‘Fluoride has been used in the past on many an occasion and is possibly one of the oldest drugs available for managing osteoporosis,’ Gurinder Bedi, senior consultant, department of orthopedics, spine surgery and joint replacement, Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, told IANS.
‘Its use would actually produce dramatic effects in changing the radiographic appearance of bones making them appear much denser, quicker than any of the other agents. The actual bone mass seemed to increase but it did not promote any mineralisation (depositing of calcium) resulting in poor bone quality and hence chances of fractures are high,’ he said. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone due to loss in peak bone mass and calcium, leading to hip, knee and shoulder fractures.
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, the number of patients in India in 2003 was approximately 26 million, with the numbers projected to increase to 36 million by 2013. Another expert, Vivek Logani, said: ‘It is widely recognised that fluoride therapy for osteoporosis adds mass to bones but produces inferior bones. In short, the bio-mechanical competence of the skeleton may be compromised because the tensile (elasticity) strength of bone is sacrificed.’...............

19 Oct 2014

Pediatric Blood & Cancer



Cover image for Vol. 61 Issue 12Brief Report
Elevated fluoride levels and periostitis in pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients receiving long-term voriconazole

Voriconazole is a fungicidal drug which contains fluoride.  It is often maintained that the fluoride in such drugs is not bio-available. In this case, however, it is present in blood plasma and seems to have incorporated with bone material and caused skeletal fluorosis.  Yet another glorious achievement for Big Pharma.

http://www.rxlist.com/vfend-drug.htm shows the molecular structure as containing 3 fluoride atoms.  C16H14F3N5O

The report is useful in that it demonstrates that fluoride causes skeletal fluorosis - in this case in a child.


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Fluoride intake increasing bone fractures

New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Fluoride was till a few years ago being used as a chemical for treating osteoporosis as it was known to increase bone mass. Several studies have however revealed a deadly side-effect: it increases the chances of bone fractures, especially of the hips.
"Fluoride has been used in the past on many an occasion and is possibly one of the oldest drugs available for managing osteoporosis," Gurinder Bedi, senior consultant, department of orthopedics, spine surgery and joint replacement, Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, told IANS.
"Its use would actually produce dramatic effects in changing the radiographic appearance of bones making them appear much denser, quicker than any of the other agents. The actual bone mass seemed to increase but it did not promote any mineralisation (depositing of calcium) resulting in poor bone quality and hence chances of fractures are high," he said.
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone due to loss in peak bone mass and calcium, leading to hip, knee and shoulder fractures.
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, the number of patients in India in 2003 was approximately 26 million, with the numbers projected to increase to 36 million by 2013.
Another expert, Vivek Logani, said: "It is widely recognised that fluoride therapy for osteoporosis adds mass to bones but produces inferior bones. In short, the bio-mechanical competence of the skeleton may be compromised because the tensile (elasticity) strength of bone is sacrificed."
"Numerous studies show that fluoride may cause not only increased skeletal fragility (more non-vertebral fractures such as hips) but also osteomalacia (deficiency of bone mineralization)," Logani, chief of joint replacement surgery at Gurgaon's Paras Hospital, told IANS.
It is largely infants, the elderly, those with deficiencies of calcium, magnesium and vitamin C and those with cardiovascular and kidney problems who are susceptible to the toxic effects of fluoride and its compounds.
"Due to this unclear mechanism of action and well- proven counterproductive action of fluoride on the strength and elasticity of the bone, the (US) Food and Drug Administration has rejected the use of fluoride for treatment of osteoporosis," Logani added.
According to experts, lower body pain, prolonged pain, non-response to ordinary medication, body stiffness and inability to walk are symptoms of bones being affected by high fluoride concentration.
Logani said in India, fluoride concentration is also found in water derived from deep bore wells. People consuming between 2 to 8 mg of fluoride/day (2 to 8 litres of fluoridated water) can develop certain symptoms of bone diseases, not particularly osteoporosis.
"Apart from the treatment, water in some areas has fluoride content. People who are consuming it are not at high risk but should be careful while consuming such water. The presence of fluoride content is high largely in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra and Rajasthan," Bedi said.
Experts stress on drinking filtered water, limiting consumption of soda, reconstituted fruit juice, beer wine, tinned fish, deboned chicken in any form, including chicken nuggets and canned chicken, and baby food.
They also advise eating fresh food, reducing the consumption of black and green tea and not using non-stick pans.
"With toothpastes almost universally containing fluoride as an additive, consider using unfluoridated toothpaste. If you use a fluoridated toothpaste, rinse your mouth well with water after brushing your teeth. Make sure kids don't swallow the rinse," Harshvardhan Hegde, medical director, Nova Orthopedic and Spine Hospital, told IANS.
(Shradha Chettri can be contacted shradha.c@ians.in)

18 Oct 2014

17 Oct 2014

Fluoride in water debate

The re-introduction of fluoride to Bedfordshire’s water supply was up for debate by councillors on Wednesday.
Members discussed a petition from campaign group End Fluoride in Beds (End FIB), which believes adding fluoride to water endangers public health.
In its documents, End FIB claims there is little evidence fluoride prevents tooth decay but it does have detrimental effects on brain and thyroid function, increases the risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease and harms babies.
End FIB leader Cynthia Bagchi said: “We needed just 30 signatures to submit our petition. We got 271 and could have had many more.
Fluoridation has been suspended for the past five years while equipment is upgraded. However, authorisation for adding the chemical lies with local authorities, not Anglian Water.
When the work is completed in 2015, fluoridation could resume.

Water fluoridation is known to harm racial minorities most


Water fluoridation is known to harm ethnic minorities the most

It has been discovered that Government health authorities in the USA knew over 50 years ago that black Americans and Hispanics suffered greater harm from fluoridation, yet failed to warn the community about their disproportionate risk, according to documents obtained by the international Fluoride Action Network (FAN).

In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan, experimentally added fluoride chemicals into the water supply to see if children’s tooth decay would decline without causing fluoride’s unwanted toxic effects – dental fluorosis (white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth). Prior to Grand Rapids, government fluorosis studies focused exclusively on white children. But little publicized results from Grand Rapids showed that black children were more susceptible to fluorosis than whites. A January 10, 1962 internal memorandum, from a U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) official, F.J. Maier, revealed that “negroes in Grand Rapids had twice as much fluorosis than others.”

Government officials have taken no steps to educate the ethnic minority communities about their heightened fluoridation risk.

A FAN team led by attorney Michael Connett uncovered the 1962 memorandum and a trove of other soon-to-be released documents that shed light on how political pressures have stymied open discussion from government and industrial authorities on the hazards of fluoride.

In 2005, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) acknowledged for the first time that the black community has higher rates of dental fluorosis. It took a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, however, to learn the full extent of this disparity. According to recently released FOIA documents, 58% of black children were diagnosed with dental fluorosis in CDC’s 1999-2004 national survey, versus 36% of white children.

“The epidemic of fluorosis now seen in ethnic minority groups in the USA and the UK in fluoridated areas,” says John Spottiswoode, Chairman of Hampshire Against Fluoridation, “is the visible legacy of both these governments’ failure to act on what they knew.”

When the authorities first endorsed fluoridation in the early 1950s, they estimated that the “safe level” of fluoride is exceeded when “more than 10 to 15 percent of children” have “the mildest” type of fluorosis. In fluoridated areas of the UK this figure is 48 percent of children according to the government’s own York Review figures, with 12.5% of children needing expensive treatment due to excessive fluoride in their teeth, and therefore also in their bodies.

Not only are fluorosis and cavity rates higher in the ethnic minority communities, but so too are various health conditions, such as diabetes and kidney disease, that greatly increase susceptibility to fluoride’s extremely serious harmful effects.

Because of this, a number of top civil rights advocates have begun calling for an end to fluoridation, including former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, the Reverend Dr. Gerald Durley, the Reverend Bernice King (daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King), and LULAC (the largest Hispanic civil rights organization in the USA).

“Dental fluorosis is only the most obvious effect of fluoride, because you can see in your teeth that you have fluoride poisoning,” says Spottiswoode.

Fluoride is also an “endocrine disrupter” that can affect thyroid function according to a 2006 report from the National Research Council, and a neurotoxin that can damage a child’s developing brain, according to a 2014 paper in The Lancet.

John Spottiswoode continued: “This American information has major implications for the Southampton water fluoridation proposal. There are a lot of ethnic minority people in Southampton and we now know that these groups can be expected to suffer more damage from fluoride, disadvantaging minority groups further. Skeletons keep on falling out of the water fluoridation science cupboard clearly showing again and again that fluoridation is unsafe, ineffective as well as unethical. The authorities really must say now that the water fluoridation proposal is dead in the water.”

Ends.

For more information please contact:
John Spottiswoode, Hampshire Against Fluoridation
14 Evelyn Crescent, Southampton, SO15 5JE
Email: john.spottiswoode@btinternet.com

or by telephone 02380 789230, mobile: 07794 382673

References:
1. The York Review can be seen at http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/fluorid.htm and www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/fluoridnew.htm
2. More about Racial Disparities in Dental Fluorosis
http://fluoridealert.org/studies/dental_fluorosis02/


16 Oct 2014



Not new but worth remembering again.

Water fluoride said to harden blood vessels

Two recent reports on water fluoridation have not been reported by the media.
This year, the journal, Toxicology, published a study showing that fluoride, at WHO recommended concentrations, dramatically increased medial vascular calcification. Fluoride impairs renal function and exacerbates renal damage. Given the prevalence of chronic kidney disease worldwide, and the epidemic of diabetes mellitus, the authors cautioned that the use of fluoride to improve dental health should be reconsidered and replaced by a fluoridation policy based on individual health.
This view is supported by another publication, ‘Water Fluoridation: A Critical Review of the Physiological Effects of Ingested Fluoride as a Public Health Intervention’, by Professor Stephan Peckham and Professor Niyi Awofeso. The authors reported “that available evidence suggests that fluoride has a potential to cause major adverse human health problems, while having only a modest dental caries prevention effect”, and concluded that its introduction into water supplies should be prohibited.
Declan Waugh
DirectorEnviro Management Services11 RiverviewO Doherty’s RdBandon
Co Cork

15 Oct 2014

Ireland



Ciara said: I would like to talk about another drug that is being put into to our tap water, without our consent and that is fluoride. It is banned in every other single country in Europe...Why? Because it is not safe.

It is used in rat poison to kill rats. It is a by-product of industrial waste and it causes cancer, thyroid disease, autism.

Ciara had a thyroid problem. She was under a doctor in America who told her to stop drinking the Irish tap water. She stopped drinking the Irish tap water which has the drug fluoride being added to it and after 12 weeks she no longer has a thyroid problem.

Ciara Sherlock quoted FG pre-election promise environmental statement which said that: FG believes that there is sufficient grounds to point to serious health risks from fluoride in our tap water and once they get into power they were going to remove it! Well...They are still adding it.

She goes on to say: We need to get this out of our tap water urgently...or they need to get out.

Echo comment and letter


14 Oct 2014

Health bosses 'stalling for time' on fluoride plans, claims leader of Southampton City Council, Simon Letts

First published  in NewsDaily Echo: Photograph of the Authorby , Political reporter
SOUTHAMPTON’S civic leader says the organisation behind plans to put fluorideinto Hampshire’s tap water is stalling until after next year’s General Election.
City council boss Simon Letts says he believes Public Health England (PHE) will see if a new Health Secretary is in place before deciding whether to continue with the plans.
As previously reported, the proposals to put the chemical into the water of 200,000 households in SouthamptonRownhamsEastleighTotton and Netley are currently in limbo.
The plans were first put forward by the Strategic Health Authority (SHA) for south central England in 2008, before the body was scrapped last year and legislation changed to give councils final responsibility over whether to introduce the chemical.
PHE took over the plans last April and stated its intention to carry on with them in the face of fierce opposition from campaigners.
But the SHA failed to complete paperwork with Southern Water before the handover, with both Councillor Letts and county council leader Roy Perry saying they believe there is no scheme as a result.
And if it falls to them to make a decision, Councillor Perry says the council would not look to introduce fluoride after a previous vote against it, while Cllr Letts says he believes a referendum would give residents in Southampton the final say.
Since then PHE has not made a final decision on whether to press on with the plans, with county lawyers preparing a legal challenge if they decide to go ahead.
Labour city boss Cllr Letts said: “My suspicion is that nothing will happen until after the General Election next year, so they can ask whoever the Health Secretary is to introduce it.
“I don’t think it’s acceptable, I think they should have come to a final decision by now whether to introduce it or not.
“Our position is that we will only introduce it if we have a referendum and that’s what people want. I think PHE should bite the bullet and fund the referendum on that basis. The current situation is unfair on residents, we need to get a result one way or another.”
New Forest East MP Julian Lewis expressed the same view at a public meeting in Southampton on October 4, saying: “They are playing for time. They are hoping that with a General Election there might be another change, and I am sure that if there is a change of Government they will be arguing that the powers taken away from the SHA should be given to undemocratic quangos like themselves.”
A spokesman for PHE said: “This ‘belief’ is incorrect. We hope to clarify next steps regarding this matter shortly.”

13 Oct 2014



Christy Moore demands government stop adding fluoride to our tap water.

Echo letter


12 Oct 2014



Stop the Irish Water Tax, No more Pay to corporations.

11 Oct 2014



Vote NO on Fluoride New Zealand! FANNZ